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perfect for two! campbell's chunky beef with country vegetables, poured over rice! [ male announcer ] campbell's chuy soup. it fills you up right. good morning, everybody. we welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm soledad o'brien. president obama gets another four years in office. he has been declared the winner. he won critical states like ohio and colorado, nevada, iowa, virginia, we're still waiting for details on florida. here's what the balance of power looks like today. you can see right here. it looks very similar to what it was yesterday. republicans are holding the house. the democrats hold the senate. the split congress leads to the question, what does that mean for the president's ability to govern? we're going to talk about. that first we'll play a little of president obama's victory speech.
take a look. >> america, i believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. i believe we can keep the promise of our founder. the idea if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. it doesn't matter whether you're black or white or hispanic or asian or native-american or young or old or rich or poor, able, disable, gay or straight. you can make it here in america if you're willing to try. >> no surprise, huge cheers while the president was speaking and then they dropped the confetti at the end of that speech. it is an opportunity for president obama's family to come out and join in. a lot of people talking about how big sasha had gotten and
malia had gotten joining him on stage and then of course, joe biden's family coming out also. everybody enjoying the enthusiasm and joy. very clear as they came out on to that stage as well. [ cheers and applause ] >> in his speech, the president credited his partner, he called him, joe biden. the best vice president you can have, he said. you can see there the crowd and the cheering. this is what it look like as the president wrapped up his victory speech just around 1:30 this morning. ♪ ♪
our reporters have been camped out with the campaigns. let's get out to john. >> as you said, it was after 1:30 a.m. when the president finally gave his victory speech. a full two hours after cnn called the race for the president. when he took the stage, it was an elegant, exuberant speaker to an ecstatic crowd. cnn's dan lothian is in chicago to give us an update of what it was like in that room. it must have been electric. >> it certainly was electric. a big night for the president, for his campaign, for all of those americans who supported him. worked very hard for him. especially those in the key battleground states. we heard so much in this campaign about the importance of that ground game. that clearly paid off tonight. where the campaign was able to target essentially micro target segments of the population, deliver a message that was
tailor-made for them. get them motivated and get them out to the polls. the big issue for the president is how will he be able to unify a clearly divided country. >> they've been exuding confidence over the last several days, the obama team has, saying they would win almost without a doubt. that they had the right combination of states to do it. i have to wonder was there a sense of relief when it finally came through for them? >> well, look, i think there obviously was a sense of relief. they were very confident. even down into the final hours before we started getting those returns. but you know, you heard from the president in one of the interviews earlier in the day that he had that the president said he had butterflies. he said that anyone during this would have to experience butterflies at some point. but he was very confident that he would still win. i mean, this is after all an election. it is in the hands of the voters. so anything could happen as the
president said himself. they were confident. but of course, you can't start celebrating until all the votes are counted. now they're celebrating. >> dan lothian, they will no doubt be celebrating in chicago for many hours to come. so we know the president has won at least 300 electoral votes. how did he do it? what combination of states did he use to reach that magic number? >> he swept. he swept through all these swing states and did quite well. this is nevada 6, he took that. colorado, 9, he took that. look at iowa. it has 6, he took that. wisconsin, 10, you get the picture. ohio, that was the big one. ohio was a key to all of this, of course. new hampshire. you go down the list. we have not called florida. that's how you get the president to 303. mitt romney, 206. if mitt romney were to take florida, there are another 29 electoral votes for florida but that would not put mitt romney over the top. >> the president is leading in florida but they've stopped
counting ballots in miami-dade county. they're going to pick it up in the morning. there was a lot of talk about a combination of states. >> he lost a couple states. you look here. he won these two. traditionally reliably red states. the president won both of those states in 2008. he did not this time. he lost ground but it didn't matter. >> and we're waiting on florida. still waiting on florida. >> by the end of our broadcast, we may have results. thank you so much. soledad? >> thanks. right to our panel and ask them what was done right and what was done very, very wrong. i guess i'm going to start with you. >> which part? >> either one. both sides. start with the dems. >> first and foremost, the right thing, the president was smart to make sure they had a smart ground game four years ago. i mean last election they implemented that ground game after the election because they knew how much more difficult it would be. for the republicans, a bad
mistake. they realized, you won't be able to win a large election largely targeting white americans. you have to put together a cross section. you can't let somebody have 95% of the black vote or 75% of the his spanning vote. you have to put together a much different coalition and they got a problem because they can't figure out how to do that. what do you think? >> i'll start with what republicans did wrong. you talk about white males. you talk about different kinds of males. we have a dumb male problem. >> what does that mean? >> i'm referring to our senate candidates in indiana and missouri. >> self-inflicted wounds the insensitivity, the absurdity, the foolishness of just waging into the conversation of rape. how blind can these men be? and they did it. and it was painful. and they got their clock cleaned in indiana and missouri and races that should have been republican pick-ups. to me those were the two worst. in terms of what republicans have done right, and i think this will be a growing issue and
people haven't figured it out. the senior vote. it is increasingly a republican vote. because the baby boomers are hitting retirement years, it is a growing senior population. it is not the seniors who are 80 and 90s and dying, it is people turning 65 who are increasingly voting republican. that's a big growing bloc that shows up to vote and that will be the republican power base. >> ana? >> well, let's see. >> you've got a long list you're drawing. >> at least nine things. >> she's got 99 problems. >> probably. i'm so punchy i can't even read my own handwriting. what did the republicans do right? >> i think they raised money very well. we were terribly outspend four years ago. they were able to keep up ad per ad. what else did they do right? you know, i think they, i think -- let me go back to what the democrats did right. the convention. they had a great convention. and i think president obama had
a great sprint to the end. i think he understood how important the handling of family was and he did it very. with he look presidential. it was a game moment and it was something that he turned into an opportunity politically for him. though it was a tragedy for the people of new jersey. what did the democrats do wrong? what did obama do wrong? the debate. it was a disaster. >> the first debate. >> the first debate which was the one that mattered the most was a disaster. i think both campaigns had a small campaign with no real vision. we did not see this campaign go big and be about values. and it should have been about that from the very start. >> mitt romney spoke a little bit about that in a very gracious concession speech that he gave. i want to play a little of that. >> we look to democrats and republicans in government at all levels to put the people before the politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of
america. [ cheers and applause ] and i ran for office because i'm concerned about america. this election is over. but our principles endure. i believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to renewed greatness. like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. [ cheers and applause ] i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes
to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader and so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys are the best. >> governor romney. in a little bit of a short concession speech. back to that question, what was done right by the dems? what was done wrong by the dems? how about right by the republicans and maybe what has to be fixed? >> we've talked about what they've done wrong. most importantly they have to find a way to grow their party. america is increasingly did i havers and republicans are increasingly homogeneous. the smart republicans, we'll see if the broader party and its leaders do. he mentioned in that first debate, the president did not do a very good job. ana, sorry. >> it's early. >> we all look the same to you. >> not at all. >> i agree with her. >> governor romney did a great
job. he deserves credit. i cannot imagine how daunting it must be. not only to walk out and debate a president with 70 million people watching but barack obama who is a pretty good debater. in the first debate, romney cleaned his clock. give him credit for that. another thing that ari fleischer mention. >> showed up to in the number. 70-30. 30 for republicans is a modern record. they never used to get. that. >> it would be single digits. >> i think it was good for america. >> and i live in florida. and the effort that was waged in florida for the jewish voter was very targeted. incredibly effective. a very good ad campaign. >> on the democratic side, the president gets enormous credit for this but he was able to do what the military calls, use
force multipliers. joe biden, bill clinton and of course the first lady. when you have three assets like that, that's a pretty impressive holy trinity. >> so the best thing was to smoke the peace pipe with bill clinton. >> and now in washington they'll be smoking. >> on the republican side, i'm sure they really wish they could deploy for one president like george w. bush. i don't care what anybody says. if the former president on the campaign trail is always an asset. it has to hurt the party that they can't deploy him on the campaign trail. >> we'll look at now that the election is decided, how overseas markets are rethis morning. up next, a look at what investors around the world are saying with their cash about four more years of president obama. >> you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked
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dean heller won, despite the victory in that state from president obama. what does that mean for the make-up of the house and senate? the senate, the democrats will still maintain control of the senate. and in the house, the republicans, as we've been saying all night. the republican there's maintain the control of the house of representatives. barack obama has been reelected president so this maintains the status quo in washington which by some accounts hasn't been all that great lately. especially with a fiscal cliff looming. for more on what that means and what the financial markets think about the election, back to soledad. >> thank you. take a look at what the markets are saying. good morning. >> it is basically as expected. the markets, investors wanted mitt romney but they thought they would get barack obama and it is a status quo essentially. you'll have a president and a congress, house, at odds about how to fix the fiscal cliff. that's the first order of business. in terms of response, stock futures have turned higher.
and you've got, we just had the close of asian trading. basically mixed or steady. and european stocks just started trading. >> so markets are going to be for certainty. they did not have certainty about who would win. now they do. they know they have the same make-up between, the same old problems. everybody will have to go into this with a little more force. >> so the fiscal cliff kill the certainty thing. >> it certainly does. the president gets to go in and say while he did not campaign on this issue. it hardly came up during the campaign, at this point everybody knows they have to deal with this. >> at the same time you have the same make-up in congress that we had before the election. >> so so many people, voters really care about the economy and getting the economy growing. they must think. they voted this way. that this president will be able to get it growing again. guess what, the fiscal cliff is the biggest huddle for hill. if he can't work with congress, we'll have a recession.
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welcome back. you're watching cnn's live continuing coverage. lots to tell you about. president obama has won. he has gotten reelected to another four years in the white house. congress though split still. republicans retaining control of the house. democrats controlling the senate. john berman takes a closer look at the breakdown of the balance of power. john? >> all right. it's a whole lot of the same here in washington, soledad. let's start by talking about the house of representatives. the republican party will maintain control of the house. they have 225 seats right now. we don't know how many they'll end up with but we know they will keep control. in the senate the democrats have 51 seats. the republicans, 45 seat. there are two independents. you can see them in purple. angus king in main. we don't know which party he'll caucus with for sure. we expect the other party, he counts a democrat. there are two remaining races here that are simply too close
to call. we can show you those races. montana where the incumbent democrat jon tester is still in a very tight race and in north dakota where the congressman is facing heidi heitkamp. a few moments ago, nevada was too close to call but we were able to call that race. you will want to stay with us for these two remaining races. we can tell but some high profile races that are settled. missouri, independent. democrats won both those races. republicans made those controversial comments about rape. both republicans lost and the heavyweight bouts this year, massachusetts, elizabeth warren defeated incumbent senator scott brown. that is a pick-up for the democrats in the state of massachusetts. elizabeth warren will be the first female senator from the state of massachusetts. soledad? >> a huge race that we were watching. thank you. you want to stay with cnn for
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welcome, everybody. this is what it loog like, 1:30 in the morning when president obama was making his victory speech. president again. gets another four years in office. he has been reelected after winning states like ohio and colorado and nevada and virginia. we're still waiting on some details about florida. the balance of power looks very similar to how it looked yesterday, in fact. the republicans hold the house. the democrats hold the senate. we'll look at what that means for the ability to govern. first a little more of what the president had to say. take a liberty. >> despite all the hardship we've been through. all the frustrations of washington. i've never been more hopeful about our future. i have never been more hopeful about america. and i ask you to sustain that hope. i'm not about blind optimism. the kind of hope that just
ignores the enormity of thehouse tasks ahead or the road blocks that stand in our path. i'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows to us sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. i have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing opinion side us, it insists despite all the evidence to the contrary that something better awaits us. so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting. [ cheers and applause ] america, i believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. i believe we can keep the promise of our founder. the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look lying. it doesn't matter if you're
black or white or hispanic or asian or native-american or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight. you can make it here in america if you're willing to try. >> that's what it looked like in chicago. let's get right to john for a closer look at how it went in chicago. >> it was the kind of soaring oratory that a lot of democrats say they wish they had heard from the president on the campaign trail. they got it tonight and they really seemed to love it. the 10,000 people in chicago. dan lothian is chicago. no doubt, they're celebrating somewhere, dan. >> they are definitely celebrating. what you pointed out, there were a lot of concerns through the campaign that the president was not fired up the way he was in 2008. the base was not energized. there was also a lot of concern
among some of the diehard democrats after that first debate performance. but the obama campaign was always very confident. they had crunched the numbers and they told us time and again that they believed the numbers were on their side. the other thing they were able to do quite effectively, build up a very solid effective ground game. that paid off tonight. they were able to micro target different segments of the population. tailor a message for them. get them inspired, motivated to go out to the polls. and they certainly did that. and they believe that was critical in this victory tonight. the big question for the president is, will he be able to unify what is clearly a very divided nation? he talk about that during his victory speech tonight. that will be especially difficult. he has some big issues facing him once he gets back to washington. most importantly, that fiscal cliff. the congress, the make-up of
congress has not changed. that process no doubt will be very messy. >> he won tonight. what does he do tomorrow? >> well, i think he breathes a little bit. kind of relaxes. he heads back to washington. he did point out at some point he wants to sit down with governor romney and talk about moving the country forward. we do expect he will hold a news conference. that's not something they have confirmed to us but we do expect the president will have to get before the nation and talk about how he will be able to bridge that gap and unify the country. again, we don't have any details on that but we expect it will be coming soon. >> thank you so much. >> mitt romney waited a little while before he made his concession speech. aides said they were looking more closely at the number in the state of ohio. when he did speak he was very gracious. here's a little of what he said. >> the nation is at a critical
point. at a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders to have reach across the aisle to do the people's work. and we citizens have to rise to the occasion. we look to our teachers and professors. we count out not just to teach but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery. we look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counsellors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built. honesty, charity, integrity and family. we look to our parents for in the final analysis, everything depends on the success of our homes. we look to job creators of all kinds. we're counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. >> let's get right to peter. he is live from boston at the romney headquarters. as the states started coming in and the projections were being made, you could see the mood getting gloomier and gloomier.
how was it last night? >> yeah. the mood started getting gloomy in romney's inner circle around 9:00, 10:00. once they saw florida was very tight and romney wasn't hitting the number he needed in virginia. they started to realize the writing was on the wall. if florida was still that tight interesting chances they could bust through obama's fire wall in the midwest were increasingly grim. they chalked this up to three reasons so far in my conversations with them. obama's superior field operation which dan just touched on. demographic shifts that the obama campaign success any tapped, and the storm. sandy. the first two sort of dove tail. the obama campaign was very skilled at really kind of drilling in modeling and targeting their voters. and hillsborough, for example, the obama campaign got more votes out of hillsborough than they did in 2008. and they overperformed in counties across the country. the field operation was
sciosciaful. and then a lot of people feel the storm really bluntd the momentum that romney had heading into the storm and it gave obama an opportunity to look big after he looked a little bit small in the campaign trail. and more than one romney adviser really expressed some frustration about governor chris christie and his effusive praise of president obama in the wake of that storm. >> no question there will be many more questions about that. thank you. back to our panel, let's talk about the fiscal cliff. we've laid out how it looks. obama in the presidency but congress is split. it leaves us in the same position we were. yesterday. really. so how do you navigate and negotiate this off the fiscal cliff before you fall off the fiscal cliff? >> it is daunting. and i'm just finishing bob woodward's book about it. and you real he's how everyone was hitting their heads against the wall and figured out they
were going nowhere. in a difficult situation like, this you let calm heads prevail. >> we don't have time technically. >> well, that's the thing about a cliff. it has the tendency to make people decide quickly. where do compromises lie? >> you have to start the conversation with, i'm not going to get what i want. >> on both sides. >> absolutely. that was the problem. the problem was, even inside the republican debate. remember that great question. they said how many of you, if you had an opportunity for ten cuts. everyone revenue increase. how many of you would accept that? nobody raised their hand. and so people might say that's the debate. the reality is that is the attitude. so neither side will walk out happy. you'd better do something for the good of the country and not your party. >> earlier today, david gergen
pointed out. there are people up for re-election in two years and that ties your hands in what kind of a position you might want to make. >> there might have been a bit of a repudiation of the most extreme of those people who wouldn't compromise. let's put this fairly. as many as people wanted to blame barack obama and as much as he may have had some responsibility. this is an absolute delinquincy on congress's part to get this done. now, there's some sense that this needs to get done. and there are still people beholden to grover norquist. you cannot go up on taxes. >> a lot of people are still beholden to him. >> lots of people. but this doesn't work with the american people. you can disagree. you can pick sides but you can't not get anything done. >> right now we have a lame duck congress. and there are still conciliators that will not be there come
january in the u.s. senate. people like joe lieberman. people like lugar that are getting replaced. so if we're going to get it done, it has to be now when there is a sense of urgency. >> and on john boehner's party. he will to have rangel the house. he doesn't think a lame duck congress should do anything. if kicked down the road, that's been good for the economy. it is not good for the markets. there is a sense that the president and this congress are going to have to have a big, maybe kick the can short term but have real deficit reduction soon. very soon. there's the worst possibility that you don't fix it. we could lose 6%. that's an absolute recession. so i don't think we're going
there. whether it is -- >> that's a political question. >> last year that president promised he would not sign a temporary kick the can down the road. we'll see what happens with the reality of it. it would create a recession. howard dean said, let's all fall off the fiscal cliff. cause a recession for two quarters. >> he said let's fall off the fiscal cliff. his point is it would do something fundamental. >> it would put millions of people out of work. it would close factries. it would kill towns. >> some have said do it. let's everybody learn the lesson. pay the high price. >> politically speaking, do we learn lessons -- >> if that's accurate. >> do i trust you. that's irresponsible. by the way, michele bachmann who was fighting for her political career said it would be good if we defaulted on our national debt.
so you have really irresponsible positions taken by these extremists. if you look at the book last year, political scientists, it is not the american people. it is the republican base. if you do care compromise, you will lose your job. dick lugar should win the peace price. >> he didn't have a house in his state. >> he compromised. >> look at bob bennett. >> look at joe lieberman. >> joe got reelected. >> he got kicked out of the democratic party. >> you're supposed to sit there. >> one person at a time. >> the republican base has a strangle hold. you used the phrase of grover norquist. he doesn't have the strangle hold. it is that he can lead this increasingly powerful, increasingly small base. >> we're going to take a
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tonight in this election, you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. >> welcome back to our special live election coverage. you're just listening to president obama who will remain
president obama. he was reelected. we called the race shortly after 11:00 eastern time here on the east coast. as for the other houses of government right now, the republicans will maintain control of the house and the democrats will maintain control of the senate. so not much has changed. it was a remarkable election in many ways. especially how the president won it in the coalition he managed to put together. we're over at the magic wall to talk about that. >> let's talk about what the demographics looked like. the president won the female vote. men, 47%. this went for mitt romney quite frankly. this was a vote that last time around, four years ago, the president took this. let's move over and look at it by race. i'm sorry. i'm moving too quickly. the white vote. 72% for mitt romney. a 20-point difference. a 20-point difference for mitt romney. in & president obama not able to
break the barrier. >> but the latino vote, 10%, first time it ever hit double digits. overwhelmingly no surprise for the president there. overwhelmingly for the president, 71%. this is why it matters so much in these swing states. look at this. there we go. look at this. how interesting this is. this is such an important demographic. he took nevada. right? he took control. if you go over here and you look at the concentration of hispanic voters, you can see how important this is. this is where the hispanic population has been growing quite strongly and these are states that he needed to take. when you go back and look how this has changed. look at 2008. then look at 2004. >> it is amazing. he was able to turn nevada and colorado blue. and new mexico is hardly even a swing state. it is practically solidly democratic now. >> such a big percentage of the white vote going for mitt
romney. the president has been able to build these coalitions among women and the minorities. >> there were other stories on election night. in many cases, ballots across the country, some dealing with marijuana. in colorado, and the state of washington, they voted to legalize marijuana. not for medical use but recreational useful oregon turned it down. this means that states can regulate, control, and tax the sale of marijuana in small quantities. there were also referendums on medical marijuana use. in some other states, in, arkansas, did not pass. in massachusetts, it did not pass. in montana they upheld the ban on medical marijuana so massachusetts is the only one that allowed it. so the history was made in the states of colorado and
washington. the federal government still considers it illegal. so this sets up potential huge legal issues. the big question, soledad, i have for the panel, where does this he said up? how does it resolve itself? >> supreme court? >> it could be. there was a case a couple years ago. a woman was growing pot for her own use and the feds busted her. and it was actually under the commerce cause. it was litigated under the affordable care act, found to be something congress could do. somebody will take advantage of this state law and then they'll wind up in front of the supreme court. it is unusual for states to set their own drug policies. >> i have no idea. you'd better ask a lawyer about that. >> it seem like a clear butting of states' rights versus fed rights. >> alcohol, states have enormous
power over their own state alcohol laws. but drugs have always been, since the 20th century, the province of the federal government to d. certainly for medicinal uses but also recreational use. >> particular puff and pass people will be very happy with all of this. let's expand this. you're also about to see a serious tackling of drug laws in this country. this whole notion of the war on drugs. you're seeing right now where civil rights groups are getting more support from republican governors when it comes to that than even democrat governments. we cannot keep building prisons. we keep imprisoning people for small amounts of drugs, marn as well. i think the next phase will deal with what about our drug laws?
are we spending million of dollars when they should be in treatment. so that's the next step when you look at this law. this is the first wave. that will be the second wave. >> it sounds like you're saying yes to litigation. obama supporters are celebrating four more years. we'll take you to the president' ancestral home in kenya. [ male announcer ] you build a reputation by not breaking down.
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tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. >> that's president obama from his victory speech a little bit earlier this morning. here's a look at world reaction to president obama's re-election. the prime minister, david cameron, tweeted this. warm congratulations to my friend barack obama looking forward to continuing to work together. from the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. the strategic alliance is stronger than ever. i will continue to work with president obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the
citizens of israel. now we'll look at how the president's incest trural famil was re. >> this is the western part of the country and home to so many obamas, they can't even put them on the street signs. they've named several streets here after him. earlier the streets were bedlam. i want to show you the pictures of the partying. the band here playing cnn. when people realize that had president obama got the second term, they said he is the son of kenya. the son of south africa. we spend some time with mama obama. she is the grandmother of president obama. we spent time watching those votes coming in. overnight last night in a house here. there is a sense of relief and of excitement. and the scenes certainly will live in the memory of these people for very, very long.
one thing these people do want is the president to come visit them. he did as a senator in 2006. they want him to come in his second term as a president. she said he won an election. he has to work hard for the people who elected him but maybe when he can he should come visit me. >> are there expectations that he will do that when he finds some time? >> reporter: well, it so. i think people are realistic in the first term with the economy and the situation in the states, he couldn't come over here. when he came in 2006 as senator, it was just crazy crowds throughout kenya. they wanted to come here now. but again, there is a sense here now that he'll come at some point before the end of his term. i think he would disappoint a lot of people if he didn't. he only made one brief trip to africa and ghana. a little disappointing for ordinary africans but they do
see him as a big role model. that's what his grandmother said. if we can win with his family history, it is open to anyone in africa to anything they want. said mama sarah. >> thank you, david, appreciate it. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and our viewers around the world. i'm soledad o'brien. lots to tell you this morning if you're just joining us. president obama has been reelected. we're still waiting on what's happening in the state of florida. we want to look at the balance of power. republicans are still in charge of the house. democrats still control the senate. take a little bit of a listen to the president's stirring victory speech. here's what he said. >> it is not small. it's big. it's important. democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and